There are certain activities we do every year, without fail, as a family. My children come to expect these activities, look forward to these special days, and remember years past with fondness ~ thus our family traditions are born!
One of these is the annual apple orchard visit. We live in Michigan, for goodness' sake! And lucky for us, we just found a small, family run, sweet apple orchard only a few miles from our home. Less on gas, more on fun!
Here's some pics of this year's fun times:
|Sitting on the front porch, ready to eat his lunch!|
|Tali would never miss an opportunity to eat some yummy food ~ smart girl!|
|He wouldn't smile - but he sure was enjoyin' those homemade, cider doughnuts!|
|There was free (well, donation-based) face painting ~ or arm-painting if you're Elijah.|
|And huge hay bales to jump around on!|
|Mema & Papa were able to join us ~ even better!|
|Selah had fun jumping from bale to bale!|
|Papa got hit with the hay ~ way to go, Micah!|
|Waiting for the hay ride to start ~ I do *believe* they were having a good time....|
|If you picked the right side of the hay ride, you got free apples within reach!|
|LOVED these old, metal wagons we got to take into the actual orchard!|
These were seriously one of my favorite parts of the day~
|Look out, Isaac.....;)|
|Some of trees had so many apples, the branches hung down so even Micah could pick the apples with ease!|
|Again. Food. Tali. It's true love!|
|Some of our spoils~|
|This is what happens when a 2yob doesn't listen when we say it's time to go.....|
He gets left behind (well......not really, but HE didn't know that!).
|Ready for applesauce, apple butter, apple slices, apple cookies........|
Now that it's even cooler, this particular orchard (Speaker Lone Oak Orchard, Melvin, MI) will be serving FireSide Coffees & warm, mulled cider! I think it's time for a *Momma* trip to the orchard. They've got a great lil' shop with a fireplace, lots of handmade goodies to check out & delicious baked goods ~ oh ya!! Any other Mommas out there ready to join me??
Cause I’m the Momma,